PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers University senior Nate Jones (Scotch Plains, NJ) has earned Preseason All-America honors (third team) from Athlon Sports. Jones was also rated the eighth-best kick returner in the nation by The Sporting News. Jones received the honors in the football yearbooks of the respective publications." />
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Nate Jones Named Preseason All-American By Athlon Sports
JONES ALSO RATED EIGHTH-BEST KICK RETURNER BY THE SPORTING NEWS
  • Posted on June 10, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers University senior Nate Jones (Scotch Plains, NJ) has earned Preseason All-America honors (third team) from Athlon Sports. Jones was also rated the eighth-best kick returner in the nation by The Sporting News. Jones received the honors in the football yearbooks of the respective publications.

    Jones enjoyed an outstanding season on the gridiron for the Scarlet Knights last season, earning All-BIG EAST honors while being named the Conference’s “Co-Special Teams Player of the Year.” Jones was also one of four Scarlet Knights to start all 12 games on defense, and was third on the squad with 81 tackles. Jones also led the BIG EAST, and was sixth in the country, in kickoff returns, averaging 28.3 yards per return. He earned national acclaim by returning a pair of kickoffs 100-yards for touchdowns (vs. Tennessee and vs. Syracuse).

    Jones has been equally impressive in the classroom in his career at Rutgers. Last fall, he was named to the Verizon Academic All-America (University Division I) Second Team. A finance major, Jones was also named to the BIG EAST’s All-Academic Football Team for the second consecutive year and a Verizon District II All-Academic selection.

    The Scarlet Knights’ 2003 season opens on August 30, when they host Buffalo at Rutgers Stadium.

    2003 ATHLON SPORTS' PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN TEAMS

    FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICA
    OFFENSE
    QB - Cody Pickett, Washington
    RB - Steven Jackson, Oregon State
    RB - Darren Sproles, Kansas State
    WR - Reggie Williams, Washington
    WR - Rashaun Woods, Oklahoma State
    TE - Kellen Winslow, Jr., Miami
    OL - Sawn Andrews, Arkansas
    OL - Jammal Brown, Oklahoma
    OL - Nick Leckey, Kansas State
    OL - Antonio Hall, Kentucky
    OL - Jacob Rogers, USC

    DEFENSE
    DL - Claude Harriott, Pittsburgh
    DL - Tommie Harris, Oklahoma
    DL - Darrion Scott, Ohio State
    DL - David Pollack, Georgia
    LB - Teddy Lehman, Oklahoma
    LB - Courtney Watson, Notre Dame
    LB - Rod Davis, Southern Miss
    DB - Chris Gamble, Ohio State
    DB - Brandon Everage, Oklahoma
    DB - Marlin Jackson, Michigan

    SPECIALISTS
    K - Nate Kaeding, Iowa
    KR - Broderick Clark, Louisville
    P - Andy Lee, Pittsburgh
    PR - Derek Abney, Kentucky

    SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICA
    OFFENSE
    QB - Brad Smith, Missouri
    RB - Anthony Davis, Wisconsin
    RB - Maurice Clarett, Ohio State
    WR - Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh
    WR - Mike Williams, USC
    TE - Ben Utecht, Minnesota
    OL - Robert Gallery, Iowa
    OL - David Baas, Michigan
    OL - Stephen Peterman, LSU
    OL - Rob Petitti, Pittsburgh
    OL - Calvin Armstrong, Wash. State

    DEFENSE
    DL - Will Smith, Ohio State
    DL - Jason Babin, Western Michigan
    DL - Nathaniel Adibi, Virginia Tech
    DL - Andrew Shull, Kansas State
    LB - Derek Johnson, Texas
    LB - Karlos Dansby, Auburn
    LB - Kirk Morrison, San Diego State
    DB - Vontez Duff, Notre Dame
    DB - Jamaal Brimmer, UNLV
    DB - Jim Lionhard, Wisconsin
    DB - DeAngelo Hall, Virginia Tech

    SPECIALISTS
    K - Mike Nugent, Ohio State
    KR - Jason Wright, Northwestern
    P - Matt Payne, BYU
    PR - Dan Sheldon, Northern Illinois

    THIRD TEAM ALL-AMERICA
    OFFENSE
    QB - Matt Schaub, Virginia
    RB - Michael Turner, Northern Illinois
    RB - Kevin Jones, Virginia Tech
    WR - Bernard Berrian, Fresno State
    WR - James Newson, Oregon State
    TE - Heath Miller, Virginia
    OL - Wesley Britt, Alabama
    OL - Rob Droege, Missouri
    OL - Nick Kaczur, Toledo
    OL - Chris Colmer, NC State
    OL - Tony Pape, Michigan

    DEFENSE
    DL - Kenechi Udeze, USC
    DL - Brandon Kennedy, North Texas
    DL - Cedric Hilliard, Notre Dame
    DL - Howard Hodges, Iowa
    LB - Matt Grootegoed, USC
    LB - Grant Wiley, West Virginia
    LB - Jonathan Vilma, Miami
    DB - Etric Pruitt, Southern Miss
    DB - Derrick Strait, Oklahoma
    DB - Bob Sanders, Iowa
    DB - Corey Webster, LSU

    SPECIALISTS
    K - Billy Bennett, Georgia
    KR - Nate Jones, Rutgers
    P - Cody Scates, Texas A&M
    PR - Wes Welker, Texas Tech

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